November 28th, 2014
The dirt, the speed, the roaring of engines and the smell of treaded tires is what fuels Joel Ortberg. From the day he was born, racing has been more than just a passion, a hobby for the young Ortberg, it’s in some ways a family tradition.
A four-generation tradition that is.
An agreement between Waynesfield-Goshen Local Schools and the Auglaize County Sheriff’s Office has led to an increased law enforcement presence in the district, and school officials hope this added security measure will work as a deterrent to a potential school shooter or any other criminal activity that could take place in and around the school.
With a dominating defense, a versatile offense and sound special teams play, the 2014 Wapakoneta Redskins varsity football team was the most accomplished in school history.
The standard this year’s team set is a lofty one for most high school football programs, but it’s a standard future Redskin teams will be expected to exceed moving forward under Travis Moyer, who just completed his first season at the school.
Wapakoneta resident Dave Severt doesn’t do it for the money.
As the owner of LifeTime Toys, Severt handcrafts items such as tractors, wagons and jeeps out of wood at his home on Glynwood Road. He then sells them for $25 or $30, depending on how large or detailed the toy is.
Severt, however, said almost all the money he makes on toys goes toward purchasing materials for the next batch of items he will create.
Everyone has their own opinion about what Thanksgiving means to them. They invite family over, or travel miles away to see them, prepare the turkey and enjoy a day off from working the long eight-hour workday.
But what does Thanksgiving mean to a few kindergartners at Wapakoneta Elementary School?
For Lizzie Childress, Thanksgiving is just as awesome as Christmas, mainly because Thanksgiving is her birthday.
MINSTER — Life can throw you all sorts of audibles.
One minute you have your mind set on what you want to do with your life and then comes a 6-foot-3 safety blitzing right up the middle, bearing down as you drop back to launch a deep pass to the end zone.
This is the life of Wapakoneta native and Minster varsity football assistant coach Dustin Dobie, minus the pain of being whacked by that incoming safety.
Still, the metaphor holds its similarities to Dobie’s life.
BOTKINS — Enjoy games, food and music on Saturday at the Palazzo, 309 S. Main St., in Botkins, all while supporting a good cause.
From noon until midnight, a benefit will be held for Corinne Woodruff, a Botkins High School senior with melanoma, and Kevin Orndorff, a cook for the Palazzo who has pancreatic cancer. All are welcome.
There will be a donation at the door. It’s $5 for individuals and $20 for families.
Two of the girls who guided the Wapakoneta Redskins tennis program through its best stretch in program history are moving on to the next level of competition.
Chelsea Myers and Kaitlin Snider have each signed National Letters of Intent to play women’s tennis for the Eagles of Ashland University in Ashland, Ohio.
The duo guided Wapakoneta to back-to-back Western Buckeye League titles as well as consecutive undefeated regular seasons the past two years.
The Wapakoneta City Schools Board of Education honored two local women for their dedication to the district’s academic and athletic endeavors at a regular board meeting Tuesday night.
Marsha Lotridge and Tammy Arel were presented with the Wapakoneta City Schools Service Recognition Award by Superintendent Keith Horner, who said the district was lucky to have their support.
Wapakoneta resident Patricia Beale has seen it all when it comes to receiving money scams. She has received a scam over the phone, through email and even through the mail.
Oh, and she receives scams where she works too.